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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Braving the Wilderness, written and read by Brené Brown.

'True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.' Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarisation. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping out a clear path to true belonging.

Brown argues that what we're experiencing today is a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, 'True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in both being a part of something, and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.' Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness.

Brown writes, 'The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.'

©2017 Brené Brown (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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excellent . started it again as soon as i finished

such a great book. made me rethink how i respond to strong political dialogue. I want to give this book to all my friends, family and the senior leadership team at work!

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brave and courageous

I could not stop listening. An incredibly engaging vulnerable courageous thought provoking heart opening experience. I will be re-listening right away.
Brene Brown You are my Maya.

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A great start..

Universal human experience, Universal human experience, Universal human experience, USA, Universal human experience, USA, Universal human experience, USA, USA, USA, GOD, USA, GOD, GUNS, USA, USA...

USA, USA, USA...

USA, USA...

USA!

..after all, who else is there?

I can only imagine what it is like to be living through the redneck revival in America, and how much it must be dominating everyone's consciousness. But the world contains 7b people - with less than 5 percent of those being American. You have a global audience. Take the blinkers off!

I love Brene Brown's work, the opening even brought tears to my eyes, but after cleaning out a few rats and mice here there are clearly still a couple of elephants in the room. You need a very good 'parochiality filter'. Christian + scientist etc. Anywhere on earth outside the southern US you actually have to choose.

I basically purchased this book for my Japanese friend who lives in New Zealand, who I think really needs to hear this message, but who doesn't know anything about American social/political embarrassment.

I ended up not passing it on.

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Needed this...

Soothing, real, funny & close to home for me. You will learn why we are who we are.

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Brilliant - thank you Brene.

This book was a huge eye opener and connected many dots.
You'll view things differently!

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Exceptional path towards authenticity

This is a wonderful exploration on how we show up in the world. How we be brave and authentic whilst respecting ourselves and others. Take up the challenge.

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  • Carol
  • Christchurch
  • 21-11-2017

another great book by Brene Brown

Full of wonderful stories and self reflection. Brene is herself incredibly brave and is so expertised in assisting us to 'brave the wilderness'. one of my favourite authors in self development and authenticity.

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Powerful

This audiobook will satisfy any listener looking to improve their personal relationship with them self and others. There is academic research throughout which will satisfy critical academic minds, but Brown delivers it all in an easily digestible package so the material becomes accessible to every level of listener. Great book, loved it

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Intensely thought provoking

Brene Brown's arration is great. I am definitely going to re-listen. I love this book.

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great book

my first of this author and I loved it...Will look for more to continue the journey

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  • M. T. Crenshaw
  • 18-11-2017

Great audiobook with some downsides

Braving the Wilderness is an engaging, passionate, and well structured book that took me by surprise. I didn't know anything about this book or the author when I grabbed this. What a great surprise.

This a book about connecting in healthy meaningful ways and belonging without trying too hard or expecting others to let us feel that we belong, to belong without belonging anywhere and everywhere, to belong to ourselves more and foremost.

According to Brown we all want to belong and connect, but doing so forgetting who we truly are, hiding who we are, faking who we are not, and not holding our ground or boundaries is not true belonging. True belonging it is not based on somebody's else accepting us as much as accepting ourselves and showing who we are, what we believe, and what we think even when we are surrounded by people or situations that are hostile to us and our survival instinct pushes us to conform, shut up or fake it up. Braving the wilderness demands from us to speak our minds, disclose what we believe, do not obscure what it really matters to us, and how we see or feel anything, no matter the consequences.

In Braving the Wilderness, Brown discusses spirituality, loneliness, aloneness, solitude, conflict, true belonging, stereotyping, compassion, connection, fear, hatred, pain, anger, BS, civility, boundaries, the difference between what we are and what we believe, and between fitting and belonging. And the good thing is that she does it with a lot of soul and in a very clear, understandable engaging way.

I enjoyed her comments on stereotyping and BStting, and on bringing civility back in fashion. However, one of the things that resonated the most with me was the BRAVING system, or seven rules to trust people, ourselves, and be trusted: 1/ Boundaries. 2/ Reliability. 3/ Accountability. 4/ Vault; kinda of my lips are sealed. 5/ Integrity. 6/ Non Judgement. 7/ Generosity in assumptions.

I also liked her quest to be clear about what she means by what she says. Some of the most important definitions she offers in the book are those of spirituality, braving, wilderness, true belonging and civility.

THE DOWNSIDES
> Me Me MeExtroversion biasBraving the wilderness is not enough Data per se is not serious research It might age soon < I would have rather focused on examples not related as much to the current political situation in the US, as that focus will age the book quickly. On the other hand, she is braving the wilderness and speaking her truth, so bravo.

THE AUDIBLE EDITION
Braving the Wilderness is spoken in a straightforward way, very well structured and presented, so it is easy to follow even in audiobook format. Something that I don't take for granted. Brown is a wonderful speaker and reads her own book as if she was talking to you, not following something that has already been written. She has a mix of passion and softness, a great voice tone and inflections, and a very good reading pace, so the result is an engaging discourse, which makes listening to this book a truly enjoyable experience. This is one of those audiobooks that one wants to listen to more than once, or even purchase the hard-copy or Kindle book to re-read it. Most enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-2018

Not fitting in, belonging

Sometimes you can have people all around you and feel completely lonely. Standing up for compassion, empathy, demonstrating reason, rational thought and understanding can actually make you feel alone. Sometimes feeling compelled to “speak truth to bullshit” while among friends can make you feel like you lost some.

If one or some of these feel true to you. Brene Brown’s book is possibly for you.

Don’t expect a smooth ride, don’t expect not to be challenged! No, no, expect to remember, to rehash, to cringe and to cry, oh yes expect to cry from time to time.

This book is for those wanting to prepare themselves for or perhaps become more comfortable with “not belonging” anywhere, as Brene quotes.

It’s the second book I’ve read from Brene.
There will be many more read.

Thank you Brené

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  • Afshan Mansoor
  • 18-02-2018

Best book of Berne Brown

Love this book. I think it is fully evolved and complete. It needs a very caring and a non judgemental mindset to read and understand.

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  • Tathra Street
  • 07-02-2018

This is the solution.

We live in difficult times. Standing up for what we believe in can result in backlash. Brené invites us to stand up and stand alone in a way that is confronting, and comforting at the same time. Practical ways to stand together in our unique courageous ways. A must read for any changemaker.

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  • Barbara
  • 18-01-2018

Essential life skills!

Dr Brown does it again. A timely, totally relevant look at healing our broken selves and our broken world.

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  • Celeste Jacobs
  • 12-01-2018

Unconditional Love

Brilliant explainations and examples of describing ways of being in the context of belonging without compromising yourself while still respecting others.
Loved everything about this book... Especially enjoyed Brene doing her own narration.

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  • Carol G
  • 19-12-2017

Excellent book!

Brene Brown provides compelling data that gave words and titles and context to much of my inner thoughts and inner struggles. Braving the wilderness is indeed a scary concept but listenimg to her confirmed that it is essential. Highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in being authentic and having community.

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  • Jennifer Elliott
  • 14-11-2017

Being Alone

Thank you Brene. Learning to stand alone has been my most painful and rewarding journey.

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  • Carissa R.
  • 18-10-2017

Another excellent book by Brene

I have read and enjoyed all of her previous books and the journey that she takes us all on with her. This book was a really enjoyable listen 😊

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  • Heather Gill
  • 01-10-2017

Brave and True and Timely!

My thanks to Brene for taking the road less travelled and paying the price. You are helping us all to take risks and follow God's Way to freedom, collectively and personally .... by loving our NEIGHBOUR as our SELF. And the only Way to have the power do that is to know God's love for ALL, by GRACE.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-10-2017

Fantastic

This book is amazing...Informative, honest, inspiring, brave, thought provoking. It needs more than one listen. Love Brene reading her own books....the words just come alive.

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  • Tosin Adegbenro
  • 29-10-2017

Wow!

What a transformational and delightful read! Thank you. Most important learning (relevant in current climate) is to be careful not to turn advocacy vocabulary into weaponry and that we are sums of more than 1 belief...I pray I can truly do better.

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  • LizF
  • 22-09-2017

An amazingly deep and moving piece of work

I have been captivated by Brene`s wonderful ability to share and engage with the listener about issues that need talking about. Her personal stories give depth and colour which pull you in and leave you wanting more. A beautiful book of stories of true heart and soul.

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  • elise
  • 27-09-2017

fantastic

another fantastic book direct from Brene and in her own voice. easy to listen to, harder to really understand and digest as this will require self eork and honest reflection.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-09-2017

So poignant and relevant today

Brene has touched a nerve with this book, of what is tearing apart our world and communities today. In my view it is essential reading. On a personal level, Brene again delivers relevant and authentic explanations for her research - and to hear it delivered in her voice was such a gift. I can highly recommend this - even if you don't agree with everything she says it's an important dialogue to be a part of. Thank you Brene for your courage to stand alone and show others an example to do the same.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-10-2017

Great book

Amazing work from Brenee Brown, a true inspiration, always though provoking. I feel that she is talking directly to me and she is so passionate about her subject

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  • Manlover
  • 24-09-2017

I am the wilderness!

I sit here intertwining tears of sorrow with laughs of joy, I feel a deep sense of release. I feel gotten and heard. Standing alone, belonging nowhere and everywhere.
Loved hearing Brene's story, I identify so much. I am truely grateful for this text, each one of her books building from the last. The truth literally hitting home in my wild heart.
But it, listen to it, follow the advice. Heal yourself and help heal our disconnected, spiritually sick world. God bless you brene. I value your vulnerability and courage so much.

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  • Kerry Pocock
  • 05-02-2018

Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart.

Put simply, I loved it. Brené’s storytelling is a joy to listen to, her tone and speed made listening and taking in the content so easy.

The mix of theory and experience kept me engaged throughout.

The work around trust is an exceptionally good framework and the vulnerability shared within the pages is walking the talk.

For me this book is a game changer. Thank you Dr Brown ❤️

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  • Carol
  • 26-10-2017

Just awesome!

I’d never heard of Brene Brown before I found her book on Audible. OMG just Love what she has to say amazing, inspiring and makes so much sense. 💖

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  • Miss Jana Shirley
  • 10-10-2017

life changing

Brene is the most powerful writer I have ever come across. Her words, her research & the way she speaks so truthfully have truly reached corners of my life where I previously felt stuck or alone. Her work is a practice in our home.

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